THE biggest school in South Derbyshire’s has launched an online initiative to improve pupils’ reading and writing.
John Port School, in Etwall, revealed it had introduced the new section on its website to ‘enhance the skills’ of youngsters at the school.
The interactive ‘micro site’ features a range of sections looking at topics including punctuation, grammar and spelling.
A spokesman for the school said: “In this area of the website, youngsters will find a number of short activities designed to help them improve specific areas of their writing.
“There are also top tips and strategies on how to improve both their writing and reading.
“Being literate means that pupils can access everything at school and in the world around them as best as possible.
“As they begin thinking about their future careers they will realise that all aspects of life require literacy skills in one form or another.
“For example, their future career may involve communicating with people by email, letter or fax, meaning they will need good writing skills in order to do their work well.
“Or they may need to accurately record information, vividly describe their ideas or formally write to members of the public.
“It may be that they need further study to get the job they really want, which often involves some sort of reading – if they go to university this will be a large part of their work towards their degree.
“School is an important time in developing their literacy skills, a time when they have the people and resources around them to be able to tackle areas they need to improve skills they already have.”
More information is available by visiting www.johnport.derbyshire.sch.uk/Curriculum/English-Literacy-Home/